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ABSTRACT: Biography of HP Lovecraft

By Nikola Franjic Casanova Date: Monday 10/14/2013


Howard Phillips Lovecraft is my favorite writer, then I want to share with my friends and you something about him and his tales . Lovecraft was an American author known for stories of horror fiction. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in August 20th, 1890, where he spent most of his life. He was married with Sonia Greene , but he did not have children. He started composing his own short horror tales when he was 8 years old. When he was 14, he suffered a nervous breakdown because he felt different of his friends and other children, he was afraid of school and people but mainly due to the death of his grandfather. For that reason his mother took him out of school,so he studied at home, but many people think his illnesses were more psychosomatic than real ones. For this reason, Lovecraft used to spend his days among adult people. I like this author because he use to incorporate elements of science fiction in his stories. He use to write about the aliens, time travel, the existence of other dimensions. In his tales the aliens are gods who created the earth and all in it. When Lovecraft was young, he used to frequent strange and remote places to unleash your imagination. In those places (caves, groves away, etc..) he used to recreate historical situations or observe small details that for the rest of the people went unnoticed. He used to listen to the forest fairies or imagine what could exist in outer space. Perhaps one of the reasons he liked escape from everything was his strict mother who used to tell him that he should not play with children of less importance, or insisting that he was ugly and he would never succeed. He used to sign his stories using pseudonyms as Lewis Theobold, Humphrey Littlewit, Ward Phillips, Edward Softly. In his stories, Lovecraft doesnt describes a battle between good and evil (between men and aliens or elder gods), but a struggle of ideologies such as the chaos by the anarchy , and the order by the faith. Lovecraft died on March 15th, 1937, at the age of 46 years. His most populars stories are "The Call of Cthulhu", The Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountains of Madness. Lovecraft's stories have served to create characters and stories like "Alien" (the movie by Ridley Scott ), It (by Stephen King), Killing mountain (by Darrel Winn)